Towards European industrial leadership in solar

Area 1

To achieve a climate neutral economy, the share of renewable electricity will have to increase to account for 80% of the European energy mix. The renewable-based electrification of all key sectors of the economy will be crucial. As the European solar sector has entered a new growth era – with over 80% growth year-on-year for 2019 and more than 20 GW annual growth by 2023 – now is the right time to support the growth of a robust European solar industry.

What could an industrial policy for solar look like? How can Europe become an industrial leader for solar? How can smart strategies be developed to preserve a cost-efficient and affordable energy transition? How can we ensure that an industrial policy and the European Green Deal go hand-in-hand?

Keynote speech: Thierry Breton*, Commissioner – Internal Market, European Commission

Moderation: Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor at SolarPower Europe


• Kim Jorgensen, Head of cabinet, European Commission

• Jochen Hauff, Director Corporate Strategy, Energy Policy & Sustainability, BayWa r.e. renewable energy

• Christian Westermeier, Chair of the Industrial Strategy Taskforce, SolarPower Europe

• Aristotelis Chantavas, Head of Europe, Enel GP

• Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI, Chairman ITRE Committee, European Parliament/span>

• Jürgen Reinert, CEO, SMA


Industrial strategy